A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that initiates simultaneous infections of humans throughout the world. With the current worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), industries, communities and the overall population are worried about the outcome. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing guidelines related to risk management, prevention and control of COVID-19. With all this information at hand, what can an industrial hygienist do to help during an outbreak that may become a pandemic?
This session will be a dialogue on the role of an IH in a pandemic, the purpose, roles and responsibilities. We will share our experience handling outbreaks from the past (i.e. SARS, H1N1) to the most current COVID-19. The goal is to help each other prepare or polish our emergency response plans.
Lucinette Alvarado is a board-certified industrial hygienist in comprehensive practice with 14 years of experience in the chemical, manufacturing, steel and pharmaceutical industries. She currently works as the Corporate Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Technical Services Manager at SKC Inc. in Eighty-Four, PA. She graduates from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus with a B.S. in General Sciences. Lucinette also has a master’s degree in Sciences of Industrial Hygiene from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. She is passionate about worker health and safety. Her main goal is to share the occupational health and safety knowledge to those in need. Lucinette is currently a Board member of the National AIHA.
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